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FAR STATESMAN VISITS FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on December 12, 2017

 

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The powerful Far Statesman offshore tug supply ship was an impressive sight at C Shed berth in Fremantle Port late yesterday afternoon.

The vessel was specifically designed for anchor handling and towing of offshore platforms.

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HUGE CRUISE SHIP ARRIVES IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 28, 2017

 

The cruise ship season has started in Fremantle again and tomorrow morning at approximately 8 am the Ovation of the Seas will visit our city with 4,000 passengers on board.

The vessel is one of the largest in the world and has features like a skating rink, bumper cars, a flight simulator, a wave park and robot bartenders.

The Royal Caribbean liner is the fifth largest in the world and the largest cruise ship ever to visit Australia, so it will be an impressive sight to see her entering and leaving port. Departure is at 5 pm.

Last year 160,000 people arrived on 60 cruise ships in Fremantle.

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ICEBREAKER SHIRASE IN FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on November 27, 2017

 

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The big Japanese icebreaker Shirase is in Fremantle Port today, so go have a look at it.

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NATIONAL SCIENCE VESSEL IN FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, indian ocean, Uncategorized by freoview on November 26, 2017

 

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Fremantle’s Victoria Quay was buzzing with activity this morning with hundreds of people boarding the Rottnest Island Express and Sealink ferries, among them former WA Premier Peter Dowding and wife Benita and former PR guru Chris Lewis and wife Pam.

The unusual sight of a drill rig and navy frigate added to the attraction.

The drill rig is on board the research vessel Joides Resolution, on an expedition into Cretaceous Climate and Tectonics, as part of her International Ocean Discovery Program.

The vessel drills into the ocean floors to collect and study core samples and is funded by the National Science Foundation.

The MHAS Newcastle is a regular visitor to Fremantle Port, so welcome to you all!

 

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WET, WILD, WINDY FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, indian ocean, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on August 14, 2017

 

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As a teenage boy in the Netherlands I would ride my bike from The Hague to Scheveningen to watch the wildness and incredible power of the North Sea during storms, and I do the same here in Fremantle and drive onto the South Mole every day to watch the mighty Indian Ocean.

It is very wet, wild and windy out there today, so pretty gorgeous really, so here two photos I took around 11am this morning.

 

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SOME PEOPLE ARE JUST RUBBISH

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, pollution, rubbish, Uncategorized by freoview on July 29, 2017

 

Students of Fremantle John Curtin College spent one hour on cleaning up Port Beach recently and were amazed at what they found in such a short time in winter.

Cigarette butts 166, Cigarette lighters 3, Straws 20, confection sticks and cups 50,Lids and tops 27, Plastic drink bottles 13, Plastic food packaging 38, Cylume glow sticks (mini) – recreational fishing 6, Recreational fishing items 15, Rope and net scraps less than a metre 17, Rope in metres 3 and Plastic bits and pieces hard and solid 162.
Others: Foam buoys 3, Earplugs 8, Glass beer stubbies 4, Broken glass 20, Cloth 9, Aluminium cans 5, Metal bottle caps 29, Paper and cardboard packaging 136, Rubber balls 1 and Rubber remnants 12.

One has to wonder how much other rubbish ended up in the ocean before the students collected it.

It is disgraceful that so many people believe someone else will clean up after them and leave their rubbish behind.

 

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OCEAN WARRIOR IN FREMANTLE HARBOUR

Posted in environment, fremantle, nature, Uncategorized by freoview on April 30, 2017

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Sea Shepherd‘s impressive new vessel Ocean Warrior is in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour and open to the public, so take advantage of it.

The Sea Shepherd group does incredibly important work on the oceans to stop the Japanese from slaughtering whales, so they need and deserve our support.

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STUNNING ART SHOW AT PS ART SPACE

Posted in art, fremantle, indian ocean by freoview on March 18, 2017

Ships That Pass is a stunning art show by Jo Darbyshire and Penny Coss in Fremantle’s most stunning art gallery, PS Art Space in Pakenham Street.

The historic huge warehouse space invites artists to create an installation with their work and Darbyshire and Coss have achieved that.

Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing.

Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness;

So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another,

Only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. 1874

The exhibition is open for three weeks till April 18.

Next Saturday, March 25 from 1-2 pm the artists will discuss their work with guest artist Michelle Elliott, the author of Scylla-bodies-water.

I really love this exhibition, so make sure to go and view it and while there have some great coffee and food at Cafe 37.

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DEAD WHALE ON FREO’S BATHERS BEACH

Posted in bathers beach, fremantle, nature, western australia by freoview on October 1, 2016

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A three-metre long baby whale was discovered on Fremantle’s Bathers Beach right in front of the Bathers Beach House pub this morning and rangers were keeping a watchful eye over it in the very stormy conditions.

It is always a sad sight to see dead animals, especially these huge creatures of the oceans.

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CLIMATE CHANGE DANGER TO FREO’s HERITAGE AND COFFEE

Posted in city of fremantle, climate change, environment, global warming, western australia by freoview on August 30, 2016

A report on Channel Nine TV last night by Jane Grljusich painted a wet future for the west end of Fremantle where rising sea levels due to global warming will see many coastal properties disappear in the Indian Ocean unless seawalls are being built.

Grljusich talked about flooded cellars in the west of Fremantle that already require 24/7 pumping by the building owners.

The predicted higher ocean levels would see the Roundhouse become an island and even flooding of the Esplanade, so the state and federal governments need to become pro-active in making plans on how to protect Fremantle’s coast line and significant heritage area.

There is a Cockburn Sound Coastal Alliance where the cities of Fremantle, Cockburn, Kwinana and Rockingham work together and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt told the TV reporter a plan will be released in a few weeks.

I have wondered for a long time why governments still allow so much development very close to the coast, as at Coogee for example, and wonder if insurance companies are still willing to insure properties in locations where rising seawater levels will create flooding and damage.

Are people naive or just don’t care that their expensive houses might get flooded or destroyed in 15-20 years from now, and what responsibility do governments have when releasing coastal land for development?

And to add insult too injury and make life even worse for us is a report from Brazil that climate change will cut coffee production by 50%, which no doubt will mean much higher prices for coffee in caffeine-mad Freo in the future.

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